SACRAMENTAL INFORMATION

Baptism

 

Baptism is the first step leading to full membership in the Church.  The Sacrament of Baptism is administered each Sunday at 1:00 PM.  Please make arrangements beforehand by calling Father McKeaney or Sister Carol.  Arrangements may be made for a visiting priest to baptize at a time that is convenient for the family and when the church is available.

 

Godparents

Sponsors (Godparents) and parents present the infant for Baptism. The role of the sponsor is to represent the Catholic Church in receiving a child into God’s people.

The Church has established the following requirements for sponsors (Godparents):

1. Sixteen years of age or older.

2. Must have received the Sacraments of initiation; namely, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

3. If married, marriage must have been witnessed by a Catholic priest or by special exception approved by the Archbishop.

4. Presently active in the practice of the Faith by celebrating the Eucharist and receiving Sacraments regularly.

5. A letter of eligibility is needed.  Sponsors from parishes other than St. John Neumann are requested to present a Certificate of Eligibility issued by their parish.

 

Note: A baptized person belonging to another Christian denomination may serve as a Christian Witness at a baptism together with a Catholic sponsor.

 

Holy Eucharist

Children of the parish

The children receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist in the spring of each year.  The children of the third grade must be prepared through the parish school, PREP or a program approved by the parish.

 

Confirmation

Traditionally, the sacrament of Confirmation is conferred at the age of twelve (sixth grade).  In September, children in our parish school, in the PREP program and those attending a private Catholic school should contact the Director of Religious Education.  Although Catholic academy students have religious education instructions at their respective schools, they receive the sacrament of Confirmation in their parish church.

Any 7th through 12th grade student who wishes to be confirmed should contact the Director of Religious Education at Ss. Colman-John Neumann School at 610-525-3266.

 

Adults

Any adult wishing to be confirmed should contact the Rectory 610-525-3100.

 

Sponsors for Confirmation

Qualifications to be a sponsor at Confirmation are the  same as those of a Catholic godparent at Baptism (see section under Baptism).  Candidates for Confirmation are strongly urged to have as their sponsor someone other than their parent.

Sponsors from parishes other than St. John Neumann are requested to present a Certificate of Eligibility issued by their parish.

 

Healing Ministry

Visiting  the Sick

Parishioners are highly encouraged to call the rectory when someone is homebound.  A priest or an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist will bring you or your loved one Holy Communion on a regular basis.  Also, call the rectory to place a name on the prayer list for the sick.

 

Anointing of the Sick

A service for the sick is held during the month of May in the church.  Announcements regarding the actual date and time are made in the bulletin and from the altar.

 

Matrimony

Arrangements for reserving the Church for the Sacrament of Matrimony can be made by calling the rectory at least six months prior to the wedding date.  Once registered, couples will receive all the necessary information for Pre-Cana and for their wedding.

Wedding times:            Fridays at 5:00 or 6:00 PM

                                       Saturdays at 11:00 AM, 1:00 or 3:00 PM

Pre-Cana

The Pre-Cana Program is held two times a year and is comprised of two parts. First, couples complete the Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study, “FOCCUS” Survey.  FOCCUS is intended to introduce an array of issues that couples should discuss as they prepare for their lives together. A Pre Cana team couple then meets with the engaged couple to discuss survey findings. Second, there is a one day session designed both to share experiences and facilitate private discussion among the engaged couples covering such topics as communication, theology of marriage, intimacy, etc.